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Gates: U.S. must stay in Afghanistan

Gates: U.S. must stay in Afghanistan

“Obviously it would be a small fraction of the presence that we have today, but I think we’re willing to do that,” Gates told a group of U.S. troops at…

Sears makes move on Amazon affiliates

Sears makes move on Amazon affiliates

Another competitor of Amazon.com Inc. is looking to take advantage of the retailer’s disputes over sales taxes. Sears Holdings Corp. sent a letter to affiliate sellers of Amazon on Thursday,…

Obama, in search of a deal, offers deeper spending cuts

Obama, in search of a deal, offers deeper spending cuts

President Barack Obama says he’s willing to make deeper spending cuts if Congress can compromise on a budget deal that would end the threat of a government shutdown. Obama’s appeal…

Anti-abortion plans create headache for Republicans

Anti-abortion plans create headache for Republicans

The Republicans’ “Pledge for America” says the new majority will do both. But negotiations over the federal budget threaten to force the GOP, including its 87 House freshmen, to choose…

Obama may tap oil reserves to fight rising gas prices

Obama may tap oil reserves to fight rising gas prices

President Barack Obama’s chief of staff says the administration is looking at the nation’s oil reserves as it considers options for dealing with the spike in gas prices. The price…

A more experienced Romney targets Obama

A more experienced Romney targets Obama

This time, Mitt Romney has a clear pitch: I’m the strongest Republican to challenge President Barack Obama on the country’s single biggest issue — the economy. “He created a deeper…

Gay legislators impact civil unions debate

Gay legislators impact civil unions debate

Of America‘s 7,382 state legislators, only 85 are openly gay or lesbian. They are, however, playing an outsized and often impassioned role when the agenda turns to recognizing same-sex couples…

White House praises Muslims: Get jump on House hearings

White House praises Muslims: Get jump on House hearings

Muslim Americans are not part of the terrorism problem facing the U.S. — they are part of the solution, a top White House official said Sunday at a Washington-area mosque.…

Gingrich confirms he expects to run for President

Gingrich confirms he expects to run for President

F ormer House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he expects to be a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Gingrich announced Thursday that he’s exploring a run for president,…

Tough federal judge gets first-hand look at New York drug turf

Tough federal judge gets first-hand look at New York drug turf

The scene in a gritty Brooklyn neighborhood had the feel of a political campaign stop, except the stately man trailed by aides, a bodyguard and two news photographers wasn’t making…